City, U of M groups spread the word about being positive landlords, tenants and homeowners

The beginning of the new school year means many new and returning students will be coming back to live in the neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota. While returning to campus, students may discover that their new house/apartment may not have the required rental license or that there are serious housing issues with their new home. As students return for the 2012-2013 school year, the City of Minneapolis and the U of M are working together to help students, landlords and homeowners build a safe, livable and quiet community in southeast Minneapolis.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, the City’s “Southeast Strategic Compliance Team,” the University of Minnesota and volunteers from the local neighborhoods will be knocking on doors in the Marcy Holmes, Prospect Park and Como neighborhoods. They will welcome students to the area, educate them on crime prevention tips, fire codes and overcrowding, and remind them of the noisy and unruly assembly ordinance and how to host a gathering responsibly.

Also on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Housing Inspection staff, City Council office representatives, and U of M staff will have an information table located at the Purple Onion, 1301 University Ave. SE. and another table at Joe’s Market, 1828 Como Ave. SE. Students are encouraged to stop by to learn more about creating safe and livable housing and neighborhoods.

The City of Minneapolis is also increasing the availability of housing inspectors in key locations in the Como and Marcy Holmes neighborhoods. If students or their parents have questions about their new house or apartment, they can contact one of these inspectors to help resolve any possible issues. Housing inspectors will have access to property information and be able to respond to individual addresses as needed. To contact an inspector, call 311, or if you are outside the City of Minneapolis, call 612-673-3000. Students are also encouraged to contact their City Council member, either Cam Gordon, Ward 2 (612-673-2202) or Diane Hofstede, Ward 3 (612-673-2203) if they have a complaint.

The “Southeast Strategic Compliance Team” includes the City’s Regulatory Services Department, the Minneapolis Police 2nd Precinct, the Fire Department, City Council members, University of Minnesota for Student Affairs, the University of Minnesota Office for Student Conduct, the University of Minnesota Office for Student & Community Relations and the University District Alliance. The team’s goal is to strengthen already existing partnerships and effectively coordinate resources to educate people and change behaviors.

Published Sep 5, 2012